The Angel Esmeralda : Nine Stories (CompactDisc)

Author: DeLillo, Don

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From one of the greatest writers of our time, the first-ever collection of brilliant short stories, written between 1979 and 2011; chronicling--and foretelling--three decades of American culture. Set in Greece, the Caribbean, Manhattan, a white collar prison, and outer space, these nine stories are a mesmerizing introduction to DeLillo''s iconic voice.


Publisher Simon & Schuster
Mfg Part# 9781442348233
SKU 223393544
Format CD
ISBN10 1442348232
Release Date 11/15/2011
Author Info
Don DeLillo
DeLillo was raised in the Bronx as a Catholic and was educated by Jesuits. More interested in sports than in literature, he discovered books when he held a boring summer job and had nothing else to do but read. He has a B.A. from Fordham (1958) and worked in advertising after graduation. He published his first short story in 1960. His first novel, AMERICANA, was published in 1971. DeLillo chronicles modern mass culture with an astute eye, and is considered one of the most important late 20th-century novelists.
"As a package, the book feels both pointed and secretive, both airy and airtight. The arrangement holds the promise of a kind of unity, or a kind of cumulative artistic force; and the promise is honored. These nine pieces add up to something considerable, and form a vital addition to the corpus."
"In these stories or lucid dreams--sometimes drily shocking or mournfully funny, always masterfully designed--DeLillo himself isolates that stray thought, and makes of it great art."
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Editors Note Set in Greece, the Caribbean, Manhattan, a white collar prison, and outer space, these nine stories are a mesmerizing introduction to Don DeLillo’s iconic voice, from the rich, startling, jazz-infused sentences of his early work to the spare, distilled, monastic language of the later stories. In “Creation,” a couple at the end of a cruise in the West Indies can’t get off the island. In “Human Moments in World War III,” two men orbiting the earth hear American radio, a half century ago. In the title story, nuns working the violent streets of the south Bronx, confirm the neighborhood’s miracle, the apparition of the dead child, Esmeralda. Nuns, astronauts, athletes, terrorists, and travelers, the characters in The Angel Esmeralda propel themselves into the world and define it. DeLillo’s sentences are instantly recognizable, as original as the splatter of Jackson Pollock or the luminous rectangles of Rothko. These nine stories describe an extraordinary journey of one great American writer—and are a perfect introduction to the author whose prescience about world events and ear for American language changed the literary landscape.
Annotation In a career that has landed him at the top of the contemporary literary food chain, Don DeLillo has published many profound and intense novels. With this collection of short fiction--his first--readers get to ingest DeLillo in single-serving portions. This provides a very different, and therefore welcome, experience of the author's themes, preoccupations, and style. Furthermore, the stories in this volume, each of which come accompanied by an illustration, span from 1979 to 2011, presenting an excellent overview of DeLillo's evolution. The earliest story, "Creation," follows two Caribbean travelers beset by mishaps. The landscape and dislocation provide metaphor for their psychological states, as they become involved in an affair. The latest piece, "The Starveling," also examines a functionally dysfunctional relationship. Leo Zhelezniak, who lives with his ex-wife, Flory, spends every day at the movies--hours and hours a day. Eventually he recognizes another extreme viewer, and he becomes obsessed with her. In between, the stories touch on art, earthquakes, perception, crimes, sex, nuns, jogging, war, and much more.
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Book Format Audio Cassette - Unabridged / Audio CD - Unabridged
Number of Pages 3
Publisher Simon & Schuster Audio

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